EVENTS ELSEWHERE / Dunedin Consort: Do Not Repine Fair Sun
Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Gibbons: Do not repine fair sun
Nicholas Mulroy: tenor; Matthew Brook: bass
In 1617, James VI of Scotland (I of England) made what was to be his first and last visit to his homeland, as part of an affair now known as the Scottish Progress. In a letter to the Scottish Privy Council, he described how he felt ‘a salmonlyke instinct…a great and naturall longing to see our native soyle and place of our birth and breeding.’
With the musical institution at Holyrood having fallen into disrepair, James imported both an organ and the singers from the Chapel Royal in London, whose journey north via ship was vividly documented. The occasion resulted in two fascinating pieces by Orlando Gibbons, chief organist of the Chapel and one of England’s foremost composers.
Under the guest direction of leading scholar and viol player Laurence Dreyfus and Phantasm, one of the world’s leading viol consorts, we commemorate the 400th anniversary of this extraordinary historical episode.
PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place in the Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edin EH8 8BN
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